Jimi’s Artist Spotlight– Lady Antebellum
Lady Antebellum is an American country music group formed in Nashville, Tennessee in 2006. It is composed of Charles Kelley (lead and background vocals), Dave Haywood (background vocals, guitar, piano, mandolin) and Hillary Scott (lead and background vocals). The group made its debut in 2007 as guest vocalists on Jim Brickman’s single “Never Alone”, before signing to Capitol Records Nashville and releasing “Love Don’t Live Here”. The song, which peaked at #3 on the Hot Country Songs chart in May 2008, served as the first single to the group’s self-titled debut album. Certified platinum in the US, the album also includes the singles “Lookin’ for a Good Time” and “I Run to You”, the latter of which became the group’s first Number One in July 2009. “Need You Now,” was released in mid-2009 and is the first single off the band’s new album released in January 2010; it is also the group’s second number one single.
Lady Antebellum has been awarded Top New Duo or Group in 2009 by the Academy of Country Music and New Artist of the Year in 2008 by the Country Music Association. They were nominated for two Grammy Awards at the 51st Grammy Awards and two more at the 52nd Grammy Awards; of these nominations, they took home the award for Best Country Performance by Duo or Group with Vocals for “I Run to You.” More recently in November 2009, the band was awarded Single of the Year (“I Run to You”) and Vocal Group of the Year by the Country Music Association
Lady Antebellum was formed in 2006in Nashville, Tennessee by Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood and Hillary Scott is the daughter of country music singer Linda Davis and Charles Kelley. It was these family connections and music industry ties that helped launch the band. Kelley moved to Nashville in mid-2005 from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where he had been working construction with his brother John. Trying to become a successful solo country artist, Kelley convinced his old middle-school classmate, Haywood, to move to Nashville from Georgia in 2006 so they could write music together. Shortly thereafter, Kelley recognized Scott from the networking site Myspace, and they started to talk at a Nashville music club and invited Scott to join him and Haywood in the new group, which assumed the name Lady Antebellum.[The trio then began performing at local venues in Nashville before being signed in July 2007 to a recording contract with Capitol Records Nashville.
Shortly after the trio signed to the label, adult contemporary artist Jim Brickman chose Lady Antebellum to sing on his 2007 single “Never Alone,” which reached #14 on the Billboard adult contemporary charts. In mid-2007, Lady Antebellum also wrote a song for the MTV reality television series The Hills.
Their solo debut single “Love Don’t Live Here was released in September of that year, with a music video for the song following in December. This song was the lead-off single to the band’s self-titled debut album. Released on April 15, 2008, Lady Antebellum was produced by Paul Worley along with Victoria Shaw, a Nashville songwriter and former solo artist.[Love Don’t Live Here” reached #3 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. The album itself was the first album by a new duo or group to debut at Number One on the Billboard Top Country Albums charts.[